Butterflies in a Variety of Colors

This week I am sharing a series of new prints I created of butterflies. The process for these prints started a couple of weeks ago when out of the blue I remembered a couple of photos I took of butterflies over a year ago. Not sure where that came from, but I dug out the photos. They really weren’t much to work with as I only took them to remind me to pursue butterflies as a possible subject. It only took that long for that particular process to work for me…duh!! Anyway, I took the subject matter and started drawing butterflies. Still not sure what I was going to do, I kept after the drawings and finally was able to complete a look I liked. To pop the color, I used a photoshop technique to make the butterflies colors take on a texture. After trying to recreate more butterflies, I simply copied the one drawing I liked the best…resized it as needed and pivoted them in different directions. I then started playing with colors as I wasn’t sure what the final color was going to be. This led to more experimentation and various colors. To finish the look I was after, I chose a soft background in similar shades to the butterflies. In Photoshop one of the brushes paints in leaf shapes, so I used that in the various colors and sizes. I then lowered the opacity to soften it as a back drop. The final result was five different colored butterflies on five different prints and then one print combining all five.

Yellow Butterflies
Red Butterflies
Purple Butterflies
Blue Butterflies
Green Butterflies
Colorful Butterflies


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27 thoughts on “Butterflies in a Variety of Colors

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    Very pretty, Kirt. The texture on the wings worked beautifully. I only learned this year that butterfly wings are actually made up of tiny scales, and the effect you used made me think of that. I don’t think I can pick a favorite. 🙂

  2. Harlon

    Hi Kirt, I find these images particularly beautiful, You made my day 🙂
    I was wondering when I be able to use any of these images and if so how shall I credit you.
    I think might make a nice background for my Facebook image. I connect with the images and would enjoy sharing them with other. Good timing; it’s Thanksgiving Weekend – so thank you. Respectfully, Harlon

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your kind words Kamal!! Much appreciated!! It was a fun project and took on many forms before the final outcome!! I think it’s called patience and faith:)

  3. Diane Henders

    Oh, these made me smile – thank you! I love butterflies, and I particularly love the way you made them ‘pop’ with their bright colours and texture. For me, the toughest part is deciding which of these beauties is my favourite!


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